Building 13: hamlet cottage

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Thatched cottage, Blaise hamlet, Henbury, Bristol
One of several early 19th-century model estate-worker cottages in Romantick rustic style

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7 thoughts on “Building 13: hamlet cottage

    • It’s a deliberately picturesque settlement, as the Wikipedia entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaise_Hamlet) conveniently tells us. This building is Oak Cottage, one of ten, and I intend to do a gallery of some of the others soon. They certainly are a retreat from the bustle of the world, Julie — despite a busy one-way system nearby the National Trust has maintained its relative seclusion. And you can even stay in one of the cottages!

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    • Especially with quaint vegetation-themed names like Oak Cottage, Rose Cottage, Sweetbriar Cottage and Vine Cottage, and more prosaically titled buildings like Circular Cottage, Dial Cottage, Diamond Cottage and Dutch Cottage. Ironically, many thatched cottages elsewhere were in 1811 mean hovels from where people scratched a living rather than this philanthropically-inspired collection.

      I used to teach at a school on a post-war estate nearby, and frequently drove past this hamlet — not that you could see much of it as high hedges obscured the view.

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      • Those names remind me of the opening shots of a Vicar of Dibley episode: Rose Cottage, with lovely flowers climbing the door frame; then Dead Ivy cottage, with appropriate adornment. Old cottages look idyllic, but I always wonder if they would be drafty. Also, thatch may look charming, but what’s it like to maintain? I’d never have the nerve to light a fire in the fireplace! [This is just me trying to talk myself out of any desire for something I can’t possibly afford.]

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        • Thatch used to be a common and very effective roofing material and can last I think for a good score of years, but with growing populations, fewer reed-beds (many roofs in the UK have material sourced from abroad) and even fewer professional thatchers you do need to have a reasonable income to afford their upkeep.

          I don’t think fires are any more of a hazard than with other buildings but the result of these disasters certainly look more devastating, especially with irreplaceable ancient buildings.

          I know what you mean, Lizzie, by your Dibley references, especially the more bittersweet episodes. By the way, Roger Lloyd-Pack — who played the very strange farmer Owen in the series — sadly died very recently.

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